JUSTIN MARSCHKE – CHAIR
Justin has been a Principal at Tucker & Cowen Solicitors since 2013 after spending 5 years as a Partner at an international firm. For over 15 years he has acted for some of the largest multinational firms focusing on commercial disputes, insolvency and regulatory issues at local and international level.Best Lawyers ® International in the Australian Financial Review has consistently recognised Justin as one of Australia’s Best Lawyers for Litigation and Regulatory practice since 2013 and again for 2018. The Legal 500 singled out Justin as an “outstanding litigation lawyer” in their Asia Pacific rankings in 2013 and 2014. Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession has consistently recognised Justin since 2012 and has again ranked Justin in both Leading Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Lawyers and Leading Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers in Queensland in 2017.
CHRISTA POWELL – TREASURER
Music educator, violinist and administrator for Topology, Christa balances a busy home and work life with her commitments to the company. Budgeting, billing, reconciliations, tax concerns, the status of the organisation, consulting with the bookkeeper and the accountant, and the running of projects and performances are all monitored and recorded by Christa. Christa also reports to and advises the board on finances and other matters. As a member of the group since it formed in 1997, she has a vested interest in the activities of the committee. Christa joined the management committee at its outset and intends to remain on the committee for the foreseeable future. Christa Powell is responsible for budgeting, financial records, coordinating the band members, organising rehearsals, tour management and strategic planning. As treasurer on the board, Christa informs the effective decision making of the organisation on day-to-day operations, as well as addressing long term funding requirements and program plans.
ROBERT DAVIDSON – SECRETARY
Artistic Director and bassist for Topology, Robert (Head of Composition, Univ. of Qld) takes a keen interest in every aspect of the organisation. Having instigated the organisation in 1997, Robert has experience and knowledge of the industry that is key to informed decision making by the committee. Also, as the Artistic Director, Robert makes decisions with the committee about the direction and purpose of the organisation. Robert joined the committee at its outset and intends to remain on the committee for the foreseeable future. Robert Davidson is responsible for the artistic direction of the organisation, including establishing and maintaining collaborative network relationships, composing music, performing and teaching in the education program. As Artistic Director he strongly influences the strategic partnerships and direction of the organisation.
Jackie has over 17 years experience as a non-executive director with prominent Boards including QLeave (the Portable Long Service Leave Authority for Queensland), the Major Sports Facility Authority (now Stadiums Queensland) and the Gabba Cricket Ground Trust. Her roles include Chair, Deputy Chair, Board Member and Chair and Committee Member of Committees including Audit Risk & Compliance, Finance and Stadium Management Committees. She joined the Board of Topology in November 2012 accepting the role as Chair in December 2012. Jackie is a current Board Member and Secretary of the Motor Neurone Disease Association of Queensland Inc. She has over 30 years experience in Bank Treasury operations holding senior positions with Suncorp Metway Bank Treasury, Bank of Queensland and Standard Chartered Australia. Professional memberships include – a Fellow of AICD and a Senior Fellow of Finsia. She has a Master of Applied Finance Degree from Macquarie University, a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from University of Queensland, is a Graduate from the Securities Institute of Australia and a Graduate of the AICD Directors Course. Jackie has a strong due diligence and governance skill set, at both a Board level and in her professional career with extensive experience in financial markets.
Michael David has been a participant in the Australian entertainment industry for 15 years. He has worked in all areas of the industry, including artist management, ticketing systems, event and festival production, publicity, talent acquisition, tour management and digital distribution of music. In particular, Michael has extensive and unique experience in touring Australian and international entertainers in all areas of South-East Asia. Understanding the frequently changing cultural and business needs is crucial to success in Asia. Working on over 40 projects in Papua New Guinea, The Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore has exposed the Michael David to these differences. Michael’s clients include: The Thai Tourism Authority, MTV Asia, I D & T / SFX, MTV Thailand, You2Play TV, Foxtel Music Channels, Total Sports Asia, Manchester United, Liverpool FC, Lucas Films and The Australian High Commission.
After completing a Bachelor of Business (Music Industry) at Victoria University, Tyler sampled a variety of music industry roles until finding a specialisation in the field of music copyright. Tyler has worked as a music license broker with Ricall in London, negotiating placements for clients including Red Bull, Specsavers, Guitar Hero and Samsung, dealing with major copyrights such as Queen, Edith Piaf, Pulp and Primal Scream. Gaining a wealth of experience across licensing for ads, television, corporate, online and film, she also specialised in high volume premium CDs from manufacturing and licensing through to the delivery of finished product. Returning to Brisbane as a publicist with the burgeoning management and publicity team at Mucho-Bravado, Tyler became entrenched in the local Brisbane music scene, and began sourcing sync opportunities for a range of independent artists, before founding The Sound Pound in 2011. Tyler also lectures in music copyright at JMC Academy Brisbane.